Waterford receives confirmation of €15.1m funding towards Sustainable Transport Infrastructure

Waterford City and County Council is delighted to announce that funding of €15,175,000 has been awarded to Waterford City to fund expenditure in 2020 under the National Transport Authority’s (NTA’s) Sustainable Transport Measures Grant (STMG).  This includes €12,600,000 funding for the Waterford North Quays project including the Dock Road and Abbey Road Access works and the Sustainable Transport Bridge. An additional €1,550,000 funding has been made available for the Bilberry to City Centre Greenway extension and a further €1,025,000 towards City Centre Sustainable Transport initiatives.

The Mayor of the City and County of Waterford Cllr. John Pratt welcomed the funding announcement stating, “The funding represents a confidence in Waterford’s ability to realise our ambitious programme of developments which when realised will transform our City into a major urban centre of consequence and a driver for regional development”.

NTA funding for the North Quays will focus on the Sustainable Transport Bridge and the proposed Access Infrastructure.  The project will see the construction of a Sustainable Transport Bridge, linking the Clock Tower to the North Quays Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) site for pedestrians and cyclist, and linked to the existing Greenway via the proposed Bilberry extension.  The bridge will also accommodate a shuttle bus.

The tender process has already commenced for the Sustainable Transport Bridge and Access Infrastructure works. The funding provided for 2020 will enable the project to progress to the construction stage and it is envisaged that a contractor will be on site before the end of the year.

The 2020 funding complements previously STMG funded transportation projects in Waterford, this includes works at Hennessey’s Road and Browns Lane which is due to reopen shortly, the WIT to City Centre route, Bilberry to City Centre improvement works as well as planning and design works for transportation proposals at the North Quays.  The funding of these critical infrastructural developments will support a modal shift towards walking, cycling and public transport and will act as a catalyst for the sustainable development of the City, promoting further connectivity both north and south of the River.

Sustainable Transport Bridge & Transport Hub granted planning approval

Waterford City and County Council received positive news today from An Bord Pleanála, approving the development of the River Suir Sustainable Transport Bridge.  This complements the news on Monday last that Waterford City and County Council Metropolitan District passed by resolution a Part 8 Planning Application for a new Transport Hub in the North Quays.

The Sustainable Transport Bridge will connect the City from the South Quays to the North Quays Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) and through to a new Transport hub that will replace the existing Plunkett Train Station.  These developments will support a modal shift towards walking, cycling and public transport and will act as a catalyst for the sustainable development of the City to the north of the River.

The Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr John Pratt said “I am delighted to be part of the exciting and innovative regeneration which is taking place across Waterford City and today’s announcement brings us another step closer to realising Waterford’s vision for increased growth and delivering on the population targets in Project Ireland 2040”

Waterford City and County Council Chief Executive, Michael Walsh said “Today’s news is the achievement of another significant milestone in Waterford’s ongoing transition. The positive decision by An Bord Pleanála, the approval of the Part 8 Planning for the Transport Hub by the Metropolitan Council and the funding approvals for the Greenway extension into the City and for the Kilkenny Greenway will dramatically improve sustainable transport in the City and the delivery of its long-term development objectives.”

The bridge with a 207m span will be suitable for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport and will incorporate an opening centre span necessary to allow river traffic.   The Transport Hub to the north of the bridge will also allow for a new bus set down area, short term parking facilities and link with the new Waterford to New Ross Greenway.

These developments are critical infrastructural connections and will stimulate coherent sustainable living in the City, connecting Ferrybank, the North Quays with the City Centre and providing key linkages into the Viking Triangle, South East Greenway and promoting the further development of the North Quays Strategic Development Zone lands.